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Fasting December 14, 2017

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Matthew 6:16-18.

Summary: In this passage, Jesus notes that the Pharisees fast in order to be seen by men; thus, they only receive the applause of men.

In contrast, Jesus exhorts His disciples to shun the applause of men when they fast.

Thoughts: I rarely practice this spiritual discipline; in fact, I can only recall fasting on one occasion – in response to a small group challenge regarding fasting. That experience showed me that fasting should be accompanied by prayer, as fasting in and of itself does not necessarily draw one closer to God. That being said, I struggle with the notion of fully submitting to God in my prayers during fasting. I am tempted to employ fasting as a means of manipulating God and compelling Him to act as a genie. Thus, if I am to fast, I need the assistance of the Holy Spirit to approach this discipline with the proper motives. That would allow me to grow in my relationship with Him and my comprehension of His will.

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